Maak een werk voor de expo ‘L’eau et les rêves’ in Château d’Esquelbecq (Noord-Frankrijk)

Château d’Esquelbecq / la galerie Cédric Bacqueville


Located in the Nord department, in the Hauts-de-France region, and very close to the Belgian border, the Château d’Esquelbecq is an emblematic architectural ensemble of the Flemish Renaissance, with its moats, turrets, dovecote bulb dating from 1606, as well as its compartmentalized gardens. A family property, the castle has been listed as a Historic Monument since 1987.

After a long sleep of more than thirty years, the Château d’Esquelbecq association, created in the spring of 2017, has initiated the rehabilitation and reopening of the estate to the public. Every summer, a cultural season is organized there around three themes: the garden, history and contemporary art.

In this setting conducive to the discovery of works by artists, the Art au Jardin exhibitions invite art lovers, lovers of gardens and history. For this new edition of the year 2022, the Château d’Esquelbecq association is offering a call for projects aimed at contemporary artists and creators.

From June 4th to September 18th

Water and dreams is an outdoor exhibition which happily spreads throughout the wooded areas: the gardens, the kitchen garden, the dove cot, as well as the park, the greenhouse or the castle courtyard.

Each work of art establishes a dialogue with nature, the water cycle which is so essential, or with the outstanding architectural features of the estate for an unprecedented journey.

Thus, while wandering about the garden, the visitors will be able to discover about fifteen works: sculptures, vegetal structures, productions hanging from the boughs of trees, lighting installations, works on the water mirror or fitting the walls and the architecture.

This exhibition and topic chosen intend to highlight new artistic practices or trends related to our resources and our water ecosystems, such as the caring for its preservation, through recycling, or by the economical use of resources.

For this third season of Art in the garden, the association of “le château d’Esquelbecq” has partnered with the Bacqueville gallery, located in Lille, and with Lille 3000, a cultural event in the wake of Lille 2004 – European cultural capital city, as part of the Utopia project in its sixth season, which tackles new utopias.

Moreover, the opening dates of the exhibition Water and dreams, will take place on June 4th and 5th with the national event Rendez-vous aux jardins. “The garden faced with climate changes”, an event that brings together visitors from all over France to visit gardens.

How to apply?

All proposals must be submitted before May 15, 2022 by email to the association’s address:

Subject of the email: Application ART AU JARDIN 2022

Planned date of installation: between June 1 and 3 for the opening of RENDEZ-VOUS AUX JARDINS

The application file must consist of the following information, gathered in a single file in PDF format, named SURNAME_First_name_2022_Project-title:

  • The artist’s name and contact details
  • A biography of the artist
  • The title of the work and its caption
  • A presentation of the work and its price for insurance
  • A detailed description of the proposed work (including the technical conditions for transport, installation: dimensions, weight, installation system)
  • At least two visuals illustrating the work
  • An artistic file (composed of a maximum of 10 works)

The selection will focus on the relevance of the links that the work can maintain with the natural, geographical and/or architectural environment, and the theme of this edition.

Johan Tamer-Morael – castle of Esquelbecq
Cedric Bacqueville – Bacqueville Gallery
Caroline David – lille3000

The association of the castle takes care of: The travel expenses of the artists exhibited (transport, accommodation, cutlery, transport costs for the works, nail-to-nail insurance).
Distribution rights: €300 per artist.
Candidate artists must have a SIRET number.
For more information please contact Johan Tamer-Morael:

Art in the garden benefits from the support of the Département du Nord and the Hauts-de-France Region for the dissemination of culture in rural
areas and its influence.

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